ٰIslamabad (June 22, 2018): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan announced on Friday that he will make a final decision on the award of tickets to candidates for the forthcoming elections in next three days.
Addressing disgruntled party workers camped outside his Bani Gala residence, the party chief said that the only criteria he is taking into consideration is merit.
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“It doesnt matter who joined first or late,” he told the workers.
Khan added that alloting party tickets to women is the most difficult part of the process.
“We are contesting elections to win. We can only bring change once we win the polls,” Imran said. “As many as 4,500 candidates applied for the tickets. We have reviewed our decisions wherever there have been reservations.”
Imran said that he found the last three days most difficult of his life.“I spent 126 days in sit-in, bit the last three days where I had to decide on the ticket allocation. They were the most difficult of all,” he said.
The PTI chief said that not a single party ticket was allocated to any of his family member contary to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
“There is no merit in PML-N. They have given tickets to the wife, daughters of the influentials,” he took a jibe at the rival party.
The PTI chief also announced to kick-off nationwide election campaign from Mianwali on Sunday.“We will start campaign from Mianwali’s hockey stadium. There is a reason behind why we are starting our campaign from Mianwali,” he said. “Because of Mianwali’s youth PTI has become the biggest political party.”
Disgruntled members of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) carried on their sit-in protest outside chairman Imran Khan’s Banigala residence against the distribution of party tickets on the fifth day.
Party activists from Lahore’s PP-170 and PK-60 Charsadda joined the already present NA-154 Multan members in the protest.Workers from PP-170 are demonstrating against allotting ticket to political secretary Aun Chaudhry’s brother Imran.
Likewise, the activists from Multan are not ready to leave without receiving the party ticket for Malik Ahmed Dehar.
The protesting members say that this not the change for which they have struggled in the past. They have vowed not to back off until the ideological party members receive the ticket.
Earlier on, the distance between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and its dismay leaders being widened as angry leaders have refused to accept party decision over the distribution of election tickets and presented a charter of demand to the party to resolve the issue.The vital meeting of dismay party leaders held in Islamabad which was attended by the angry leaders including Hamid Khan and workers in large numbers.
In a declaration, released by the end of the meeting, the distribution of tickets by the PTI parliamentary termed unjust and alleged that some of the parliamentary board’s members were ineligible and being tried by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), therefore a transparent board should be set up to award tickets on merit.“The women seats were also awarded to the favourites and failure in the submission of minority party priority list is condemnable and those responsible should be punished,” the declaration said.
Declaration also demanded the awarding of tickets to those, who contested election 2013 on party tickets. It also demanded to accept chairman and vice chairman no other leaders will be awarded tickets more than one constituency.